Meet Betty Jameson! Betty (92) has two children, her son, Brad and her daughter, Brenda. She also has one grandson, a granddaughter and three great granddaughters. Another member of her family is her little Yorkie Poo dog named Bella who is spoiled rotten.
Betty was motivated to begin her journey with encouragement from Melissa Sperbeck, certified Personal Trainer and Team Facilitator at Bellin Health Fitness Bellevue. She felt comfortable with Melissa and trusted that she knew what she was doing. Melissa gave her guidance on her next steps and positive encouragement along the way.
When asked what her goals were, Betty said she wanted to walk without a cane and work on her balance because she fell previous to starting at Bellin Fitness. In general, she wanted to improve her overall physical fitness.
The obstacles that Betty had to overcome were controlling her pain. She has a degenerative spine and works with pain management. Betty finds that exercising also helps with the pain because it strengthens her muscles and builds her endurance.
Betty has experienced great success! When she began her journey, she started out using a walker then progressed to using a cane and now she walks independently on her own. Betty’s strength and balance has also improved significantly since she started at Bellin Fitness. Their fitness program has been really encouraging for her, giving her positive reinforcement. The Bellin Fitness staff is very patient and she doesn’t feel like she is doing this alone – making her feel reassured and comfortable. Betty is currently working with Liza Margelofsky, certified Personal Trainer at Bellin Health Fitness Ashwaubenon who she is very grateful for.
When asked how her life has changed, Betty said her improved strength and endurance gives her more personal freedom. She doesn’t have to cart around a walker anymore. Her posture and learning how to walk safely has changed her life for the better. Her newfound independence is the biggest and most important change that she didn’t have prior to starting her fitness journey.
The advice that Betty would give to help others is short and to the point, “Find a way and just do it!” And at the age of 92, I think she knows what she is talking about.